Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2007 16:35 UTC, submitted by ShlomiFish
General Development "What makes programming languages are suitable or unsuitable as introductory languages? Which languages are better learnt first and at which order? And why what the masses think is the most suitable introductory programming language is not in fact that. This paper examines several approaches to which programming language is the best, and afterwards gives several useful relations for which languages should come first. Finally it gives a final verdict, defends it and then gives some other good food for thought."
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I guess you can call me an 'old fogie.'
by Almafeta on Wed 11th Apr 2007 17:43 UTC
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I still think that BASIC -- with its emphasis on being for "Beginners" -- is the way to go.

(In my programming classes, I routinely get ragged upon by my fellow students for occasionally slipping up and referring to a modern concept with a BASIC 4.0 term, or for writing notes longhand instead of using a laptop. I have yet to point out to these "more advanced" students that I'm head of the class...)

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